Trial: Arte Público Press Databases (EBSCO)- Ending on October 31, 2020

We are glad to announce that the UC Berkeley Library has started trials of Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection: Series 1 and Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection: Series 2 that have been hosted by EBSCO. (Please click on the hyperlinks above to access the resources).

Combined search has been enabled by the library. And the trials are good through October 31, 2020. Please click on the icon below to start your searches. If you are accessing from an off-campus location, please make sure that the proxy or VPN are set up.

EBSCO’s Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection is an archive of publications focused exclusively on U.S. Hispanic history, literature and culture from colonial times until 1960. Available in two series, Series 1 focuses on the creative life of U.S. Latinos and Hispanics. Content is written, indexed and searchable in Spanish and English.

Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection: Series 2
Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection is an archive of publications focused exclusively on U.S. Hispanic history, literature and culture from colonial times until 1960. Available in two series, Series 2 focuses on Hispanic American civil rights, religion and women’s rights from the 18th through the 20th century. Content is written, indexed and searchable in Spanish and English.

There are multiple sources included in these databases.



Rosh Hashanah and Jews of Latin America! שנה טובה ומתוקה!!!

.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הָעֵץ
Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu melekh ha-olam, borei pri ha-eitz. (Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the tree).

יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶךָ, יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ וֵאלֹהֵי אֲבוֹתֵֽינוּ שֶׁתְּחַדֵּשׁ עָלֵינוּ
.שָׁנָה טוֹבָה וּמְתוּקָה
Yehi ratzon milfanekha, Adonai Eloheinu ve-Elohei avoteinu she-tekhadesh aleinu shanah tovah umetukah (May it be Your will, Lord our God and God of our ancestors, that this be a good and sweet year for us).

Source of the postcard: Wikimedia-American Jews welcoming Russian Jews to the continent.

Today at sundown, Jews all over the world will celebrate the Jewish New Year 5781. Jews in Latin America are not an exception to this celebration. The history of Jews of Latin America and the Caribbean is that of nuanced amalgamation, adaptation while preserving the cultural and religious identities to the extent possible. Below I present you with some of the books from our Doe Library’s collections whose subject is Jews in Latin America. These books are from different parts of Latin America and the Caribbean.

  1. Invenciones multitudinarias : escritoras judíomexicanas contemporáneas.
  2. Pertenencia y alteridad : judíos en/de América Latina : cuarenta años de cambios / Haim Havni, Judit Bokser Liwerant, Sergio DellaPergola, Margalit Bejarano, Leonardo Senkman (coordinadores) ; traducción y supervisión de estilo, Florinda F. Goldberg.  And the same title can be read online here.
  3. Más allá del Medio Oriente : las diásporas judía y árabe en América Latina / Raanan Rein (coord.) ; María José Cano, Beatriz Molina Rueda (eds.). 
  4. Comunidades judías en América Latina / José Luis Piczenik.
  5. Encuentro y alteridad : vida y cultura judía en América Latina / Judit Bokser Liwerant y Alicia Gojman de Backal (coordinadoras) ; compilación de Hellen B. Soriano.
  6. Inquisición y judaizantes en América española (siglos XVI-XVII) / Ricardo Escobar Quevedo ; [prólogo de Charles Amiel].
  7. Poylishe Idn in Dorem-Ameriḳe : zaml-bukh tsum 25-yoriḳn yoyvl fun organizirṭn Poylishn Idnṭum in Argenṭine 1916-1941י.
  8. Los sefaraditas : España, el Imperio Otomano, La Argentina : tradición y cultura / María del Carmen Artigas.
  9. Los sefardíes en los dominios holandeses de América del Sur y del Caribe,1630-1750 / Günter Böhm.
  10. “Alumbrado.” (1937) México by Martínez del Río, Pablo.
  11. La familía Carvajal; estudio histórico sobre los judíos y la Inquisición de la Nueva España en el siglo XVI, basado en documentos originales y en su mayor parte inéditos, que se conservan en el Archivo General de la Nación de la cuidad de México, / por Alfonso Toro.

Lah nasyon : be-ʻiḳvot Yehude Sefarad u-Forṭugal be-ezor ha-Ḳaribi = La Nacion : the Spanish and Portuguese Jews in the Caribbean. לה נאסיון : בעקבות יהודי ספרד ופורטוגל באיזור הקאריב

Below is a brief documentary on Jews in Mexico.

In Memoriam: Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020): Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States!

Some notable Americans have left a lasting impression on my immigrant soul, while the others have just faded into the nothingness of faint memories. I remember the justness, kindness, and integrity of Americans from all walks of life. Some I have met in person, while the others, I will probably never meet. But their decisions have continued to influence our society in general and me on a very personal level. Such was the impact of the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States- her name is Ruth Bader Ginsburg and she is no more. However, the decisions and opinion pieces that she has written will continue to have their effects on our society for the longest. Here is her obituary in Guardian Newspaper.

She passed away on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, 5780.

I celebrate her life by sharing some of the books about her that we have in our collections.

Here are the links to the catalog record (from L to R).

Column 1

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: a life / Jane Sherron de Hart.
Published New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.

My own words / Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams.
Published New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016.

Colum 2 (L to R).

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy of dissent: feminist rhetoric and the law / Katie L. Gibson.
Published Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 2018.

Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on life, love, liberty, and law / Jeffrey Rosen.
Published New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2019.

Column 3 (L to R).

The legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg / edited by Scott Dodson, University of California, Hastings, College of Law.
Published New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

America’s Jewish women: a history from colonial times to today / Pamela S. Nadell.
Published New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2019].


Below is her interview by BBC.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg rare interview: ‘It’s not the best of times’ – BBC Newsnight (2017). Fair Academic Use Only.







¡Feliz día de la Independencia de México!-16 September 2020!

Today, we celebrate Mexico’s independence day from Spanish colonial yoke. While the Independence and its fruits launched Mexico on a different historical and often turbulent trajectory of political development, it reminds us of the resilience of those who initially resisted Spanish colonial domination. One such figure that inspires me is that of Padre Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (1753-1811). There has been much debate about how he looked as Mexican authorities have continued to publish a stereotypical image of him. How he looked has been analyzed in a documentary by a social activist, historian, and prolific Mexican writer Paco Ignacio Taibo II (He was born in Spain and his family escaped from Spain from the dictatorship of Franco). I was lucky to hear him speak during the 2018 FIL in Guadalajara.

Title La guerra de Hidalgo by Armando Cisneros Sosa.
Published México : Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Azcapotzalco : Miguel Ángel Porrúa, 2011.

Today, I present you with just a few print items of interest from our Main collections along with the documentary about Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla below. Bancroft Library par excellence continues to hold most of our precious imprints related to Mexico’s Independence. However, our Main circulating collection also has an impressive array of books on Mexico’s war for Independence, 1810-1821.

The other equally interesting item that deals with the age of revolutions in Latin America is a 1864-1867, five volume set, “Annales historiques de la révolution de l’Amérique latine, accompagnées de documents à l’appui. De l’année 1808 jusqu’à la reconnaissance par les états européens de l’indépendance de ce vaste continent. Par M. Charles Calvo.” The full-text of this set is also accessible on Hathi Trust. The last item that I want to highlights a 19th-century coverage of Mexico’s Independence is a four-volume set that was published in Mexico from 1849-1852 is “Historia de Méjico desde los primeros movimientos que prepararon su independencia en el año de 1808, hasta la época presente. Por don Lúcas Alamán …” It is also available in both Google Books and Hathi Trust in its Open Access avatar.

As a final thought, I wanted us to reflect upon the wars we have been fighting around the globe for various reasons. Some of them are righteous, and others are justified using policy-based sermons and formulated on national security interests. European powers fought similar wars in the 19th century when the colonies decided to become independent. Mexico’s wars for Independence against the Spanish Empire remind us of the resilience of Mexicans/ Mexicanas and the drive of those few idealists who strived to build a just world. One such idealist that inspires me is the figure of Padre Miguel Hidalgo and Costilla. ¡Que viva México! and then this thought-provoking opinion piece about Mexico today in Milenio.

I leave with you with two YouTube clips: a serious clip of Grito by a child dressed like Padre Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla and the other one is of a corrido about Mexico’s Independence.

Open Access: Colección iberoamericana of Biblioteca Virtual de Prensa Histórica

Colección iberoamericana of Biblioteca Virtual de Prensa Histórica,” represents a treasure trove of open access materials that are hosted by the Virtual Library of Historical Press by Spain’s Ministry of Culture and Sports. The interface is easy to use and has the option to chose from Basque (Euskara), Catalan, Galego, Valencian, and English languages.

Below is a screenshot of the landing page of the Ibero-American collection of the site that might of research value to the users of this blog. At the time creating this blog post, we were having trouble accessing some components of this website. However, these can be fortunately accessed here.

Fair Academic Use Only!

Below is a screenshot of Diario de la Marina from La Habana.

News from the Library about launch of Oski Xpress Pickup Service! Starts on September 8, 2020!

Dear Faculty and Students,

Some of you have been asking us about how to access the books in the stacks, today, the library announced the following new measures to help us with accessing stacks.

The service is called the Oski Xpress pickup service. I am including you more information below that was shared with us by the library administration just a few minutes ago.

Oski Xpress pickup service will start on September 8th. It is our understanding that currently the service is limited to the books that are in Main Stacks. You can always contact access services for further information here: Questions or issues?

Check out our Access and Privileges FAQs or contact us.

See the steps below.

6 steps for requests and pickup

  1. Find the title you want in OskiCat and click on its title. Verify that the status of the copy in Main (Gardner) Stacks or Morrison Library is available.
  2. Click on the request button near the top search bar.
  3. Login via CalNet, or with your OskiCat Patron/PIN.
  4. Paging and preparing your items will take us several days. For each request, you will receive a notification when the item is available for pickup.
  5. Once you receive an email confirmation that your holds are ready, please schedule a 15-minute pickup appointment through LibCal. Items will be held at Moffitt for seven days.
  6. When you arrive at Moffitt’s third floor (south) entrance [map] to pick up holds at the booked time, please come to the glass door so that a Library staff member can see that you have arrived. A staff member will come to the door to confirm your name and see your Library card. If a staff member does not meet you soon, please call us at 510-642-5072. A Cal 1 Card or eligible Library card must be presented at pickup.

FLASCO ANDES: Biblioteca Digital de Vanguardia para la Investigación en Ciencias Sociales REGIÓN ANDINA Y AMÉRICA LATINA (Open Access)

FLASCO Andes is a union catalog of the digital library of the Andes and it provides access to the multi-disciplinary e-books, e-journals, and e-dissertations from Ecuador and other Andean region countries.

It also serves as the access gateway to multiple Open Access databases that are not only of local interests but also have international and continental dimensions. I hope that the user will find this union catalog with full-text access to great use when conducting research on the Andean region. Below are some of the screenshots of the resource. If you click on any of the screenshots, the embedded links will take you the resource itself.

For educational purposes only!

For educational use only. The image above shows the landing page of different OA databases from Latin America.

LACCOM: Latin America and Caribbean Covid-19 Map at Georgetown University!

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America, Georgetown University’s Latin American Studies Center has created a useful web-based resource on COVID-19 in the region. The site’s self-description is as follows, “LACCOM is a tool from the Georgetown University Center for Latin American Studies, documenting the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean across three rubrics: Governance and the Rule of LawGrowth, and Innovation, and Social and Cultural Inclusion.

The screenshot below is for demonstrative and educational purposes only. Feel free to browse the website for all its features.


Webinar: COVID-19: European Librarians Speak!

COVID-19: European Librarians Speak!


August 6, 2020, 08:00 AM Pacific Standard Time [11 am EST, 16:00 (BST) 17:00 (CEST)]

Register in advance for this meeting: 

Note: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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The COVID-19 pandemic remains an ongoing threat that has led to the uprooting of local and global social, economic, and health conditions and the disruption of the cultural production sector. Europe has not been immune to the challenges that have been ushered in by the pandemic. Many European libraries, being at the forefront of knowledge creation and preservation, have stepped up their support of researchers and scholars in unprecedented ways. Notwithstanding, the shifts in the landscape of collection development will profoundly impact the services that libraries can provide.  

This virtual panel is the inaugural event in a planned six-part bi-monthly webinar series, “Collecting Conversations: Academic Libraries and Research in Flux,” dedicated to various aspects of librarianship. These activities will include both national and international librarians, archivists, scholars, administrators, and vendors from all parts of the world.

 In this panel, European librarians, specialists in Central, Eastern, and Southeast European Studies, and Slavic/Slavonic Studies will share experiences and perspectives about their individual and institutional challenges and opportunities in research areas instruction, and collection development. 


·       Ms. Mel Bach is the Slavonic Specialist and also Head of Collections and Academic Liaison at Cambridge University Library, UK.

·       Mr. Olaf Hamann is the Head of the Eastern-European Branch of the Berlin State Library, Germany.

·       Dr. Katya Rogatchevskaia is the Lead Curator of East European Collections at the British Library, UK, and the Chair of the Council for Slavonic and East European Library and Information Services.

·       Dr. Gudrun Wirtz is the Head of the Department of Eastern Europe at the Bavarian State Library, Germany.

Organizer/ ModeratorDr. Liladhar R. Pendse is Librarian for the Eastern European and Eurasian Studies Collection and the Caribbean and Latin American Studies Collections at UC Berkeley Library, USA, and the Institute for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies.

Co-ModeratorMs. Anna Rakityanskaya is Curator for Russian and Belarusian Collections at the Widener Library at Harvard University.

 The panel presentation will be recorded, but the question and answer session will not be recorded.


This panel is sponsored by the Institute of East European and Eurasian Studies, UC Berkeley.